If you experience frequent cavities or other dental issues, you may want to consider having dental sealants applied. Dental sealants can help protect your teeth from the effects of tooth decay and acid erosion. This clear plastic coating is applied to the chewing surfaces of your molars, preventing from food particles and bacteria from settling into the grooves of these teeth. Here at Kane & Kerper Dentistry, we have used dental sealants to protect the dental and oral health of a number of patients, keeping their smiles bright and healthy.
How will dental sealants protect my teeth?
Dental sealants act kind of like an invisible shield for your back teeth. Whenever you eat and drink, your teeth are exposed to food particles, sugars, and bacteria that can settle into the grooves and fissures in your teeth. Eventually, this can cause tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other dental issues. Dental sealants can prevent this damage from ever happening.
How are dental sealants applied?
The first step in applying a dental sealant to your teeth is cleaning them thoroughly and making sure there are no dental health issues that require treatment before the sealants are applied. Once assured that your teeth are healthy, your dentist will place a gel to the surfaces of your back teeth that will prepare them for the sealants. After a few minutes, this gel will be rinsed away, and your teeth will be dried carefully. Finally, the sealant will be painted onto your teeth and allowed to harden (a process that takes only a few minutes). This procedure is completely painless and requires no numbing shots, drilling, or abrasion of your teeth. Once applied, dental sealants can last anywhere between five and 10 years.
Are dental sealants beneficial for adults as well as children?
While many people believe that children are more likely to benefit from the application of dental sealants, this is simply not true. Any patient who has all of their permanent teeth can benefit from dental sealants. The sooner after the permanent molars erupt that the sealants are applied, the better; though even if you’ve had all of your teeth for quite some time you can still benefit from the application of a dental sealant.
Are dental sealants a substitute for other dental care practices?
Absolutely not! Although they can protect your back teeth from some of the effects of daily life, dental sealants are not a substitute for proper dental hygiene practices or professional cleanings and dental checkups.
To learn more about dental sealants, or if you believe you may benefit from their application, call Kane & Kerper Dentistry today at (805) 983-0245 today or email us using the convenient form below. We have applied dental sealants on hundreds of patients to help them protect the health and integrity of their smile, and look forward to doing the same for you.